Happening on MV, June 28-July 2 (from the Vineyard Gazette)

Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board Quests

Enjoy Sengekontacket Pond on this self-guided tour. Rhyming “quest” clues (think: treasure hunt!) will help you uncover the story of the pond’s people, places, and wildlife. Single and double kayaks and two SUPs available; call to reserve for up to 2.5 hours; boats and SUPs must be returned by 3:30 p.m. Stop by Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary to take part Monday through Friday.   Felix Neck.  100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown, MA 02539

Cape Pogue Lighthouse Tour
Sit back and enjoy an over-sand vehicle adventure to the remote Cape Pogue Lighthouse. Climb the spiral staircase of the century-old wooden lighthouse and discover intriguing stories of the light keepers who watched over these ocean waters. This tour is great for explorers of all ages! Tours run daily at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (90 min long). Pre-registration strongly recommended as space is limited. Complimentary pick-up is available from The Chappy Ferry for tour participants who pre-register. More dates through October 7, 2017. Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge, Dike Road, Chappaquiddick

Wednesday

Chilmark Flea Market
The oldest outdoor venue on the Island, the Flea has evolved into a market like no other. High-quality handmade items from Vineyard artists and craftsmen, antiques, imports, and vintage finds.
Saturday, July 1 at 9:00am to 2:00pm, Chilmark Flea Market 142 North Road, Chilmark

Brewery Tours
Check out where the beer is made at Offshore Ale.
Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00pm, Offshore Ale Company, 30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs

MVFF: The Discovery
Discussion to follow with director Charlie McDowell, moderated by actress Mary Steenburgen. A blend of science fiction, drama, comedy, and thriller, this film takes place in a reality where an afterlife has been scientifically proven. Robert Redford, Jason Segel, and Rooney Mara costar.
Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Chilmark Community Center, 520 South Road, Chilmark

Sunset Kayak Tours
Enjoy a breathtaking sunset tour on Sengekontacket Pond. Relax, unwind, and appreciate the painted sky while paddling the waters. As the sun sets, see the natural world come to tranquil peace as you float and relish the view. Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, 100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown

Live Music
With Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.
Wednesday, June 28 at 8:00pm, The Ritz Soulkitchen, 4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

MV Concert Series: Aimee Mann
Wednesday, June 28 at 8:00pm, Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center
100 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs

MVFF: Canaries
This funny, action-packed sci-fi/horror film was shot on Martha’s Vineyard and in Wales. It pits a group of misfits against invading aliens, making them work together to save themselves – and the world. Discussion to follow with director Peter Stray. Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30pm to 11:00pm Chilmark Community Center
520 South Road, Chilmark

Thursday

Beach Yoga
One hour, Vinyasa flow class on the beach. All levels welcome and mats can be provided.
Thursday, June 29 at 8:00am to 9:00am, Edgartown Lighthouse Beach

Creature Feature
Young naturalists get an up-close look at the native animals of Martha’s Vineyard. The program combines a story, craft, and a look at the “creature” of the day. Children ages 3 to 5 with a parent or friend. Thursday, June 29 at 10:30am to 11:30am, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary 100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown

Trivia Night
With host Dan Cassidy. Come have fun, eat and drink, and win big prizes!
Thursday, June 29 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm The Barn, Bowl, & Bistro 13 Uncas Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Ghosts and Graveyards of Vineyard Haven
Created by Holly Nadler, author of Vineyard Supernatural and Haunted Island. No reservations needed.
Thursday, June 29 at 8:00pm, Old Bunch of Grapes 44 Main Street, Vineyard Haven

Vintage Cocktail Hour
Sip a classic vintage cocktail or an exquisitely prepared drink from the full bar, served with complimentary hors d’oeuvres at The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn – a tranquil, late-afternoon interlude from the hustle and bustle of summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Daily, no reservations necessary. Sample The Terrace’s sophisticated take on classics like the Manhattan and Negroni, weekly Prohibition-era-inspired specials and featured wines, along with our full wine list and bar offerings.  Thursday, June 29 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn 27 South Summer Street, Edgartown

Jazz Night
Enjoy live music on the outdoor stage. Don’t forget to bring a picnic. This week will feature Jeremy Berlin and Eric Johnson.
Thursday, June 29 at 6:30pm, Featherstone Center for the Arts  30 Featherstone Lane, Oak Bluffs

Live Music
With the Edbury All-Stars.
Thursday, June 29 at 8:00pm, The Ritz Soulkitchen 4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Live Music
With Haze and Dacey.
Thursday, June 29 at 10:00pm to 12:00am, The Port Hunter 55 Main Street, Edgartown

Theme Party Thursday: Masquerade
Get dressed up, wear a mask, cheer up Cody. If you don’t have a favorite mask, don’t worry, we will have plenty of goodies to give out at the door. Come party it up with DJ AP.
Thursday, June 29 at 10:00pm to 12:30am, The Seafood Shanty 31 Dock Street, Edgartown

Friday

Grange Exchange: Antiques/Vintage Show & Sale
Multiple Island dealers will be offering Island art, memorabilia, furniture, oriental rugs, jewelry, folk art, and tools.
Friday, June 30 at 9:00am to 3:00pm, Grange Hall 1067 State Road, West Tisbury

Seashore Discovery
Meet amazing creatures of the sea. Take a short walk through the forest to a protected beach where you will explore shallow waters with dip nets and use a large seine net to catch fish, crabs, and other pond wildlife. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and don’t forget your hat, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent.
Friday, June 30 at 10:00am to 11:30am Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary 100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown

SampleMV: A Walking, Talking & Tasting Tour of Vineyard Haven
Join us for a walking food tasting and cultural tour in the heart of the Vineyard Haven Harbor’s Cultural District. The rich history and renowned Island food scene provide the perfect ingredients for a fun and memorable experience in one of Martha’s Vineyard most most vibrant and tasty villages.
Thursday, June 29 at 10:20am Visitor Info Kiosk Union Street, Vineyard Haven

Brewery Tours
Check out where the beer is made at Offshore Ale.
Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00pm Offshore Ale Company  30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Live Music in the Beer Garden
With Mike Martin.
Friday, June 30 at 3:00pm to 6:00pm Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room 270 Upper Main Street, Edgartown

Grace Church Lobster Rolls
Best of the Vineyard lobster rolls for sale. $20 for a lobster roll, chips and a beverage. Hotdogs for $3. Slice of pie for $4.
Friday, June 30 at 4:00pm to 7:00pm Grace Episcopal Church  36 Woodlawn Avenue, Vineyard Haven

Sunset Concert Series
With the Beetlebung Steel Band. Beginning our sophomore season, these concerts are a popular Friday evening event for dancing or just listening. Smoak catering’s food truck is on-site for after beach munchies or a casual dinner. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us. Sponsored by the Vineyard Gazette and Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank. Friday, June 30 at 6:00pm to 7:30pmTrinity Park Tabernacle 80 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs

Live Music
With Haze & Dacey, an acoustic duo from Richmond, Virginia.
Friday, June 30 at 7:00pm The Ritz Soulkitchen
4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Preview: Dusty and the Big Bad World
A comedy by Cusi Cram. Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo. Based on a 2005 scandal in the world of children’s television, known as “Bustergate” – Dusty and the Big Bad World is a darkly funny, no-holds-barred yet even-handed look at PBS, government censorship, gay marriage, and what it takes to ultimately step up and fight for what you believe in.
Friday, June 30 at 7:30pm Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse ,24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven

Live Music
With Flux Capacitor.
Friday, June 30 at 10:00pm to 12:00am, The Port Hunter 55 Main Street, Edgartown

Live Music
With the Dukes of Circuit Avenue.
Friday, June 30 at 10:00pm The Wharf Pub and Restaurant
3 Main Street, Edgartown

Saturday

Chilmark Flea Market
The oldest outdoor venue on the Island, the Flea has evolved into a market like no other. High-quality handmade items from Vineyard artists and craftsmen, antiques, imports, and vintage finds.
Saturday, July 1 at 9:00am to 2:00pm Chilmark Flea Market 142 North Road, Chilmark

West Tisbury Farmers’ Market
Outdoor farmers market features locally grown produce and meat and locally made products. The market is dedicated to bringing local agricultural products to the people both living on and visiting the Island. The market was started in 1974 by a group of Island growers. That first year they had about a dozen farmers selling their produce.
Saturday, July 1 at 9:00am to 12:00pm Grange Hall 1067 State Road, West Tisbury

Edgartown Walking Tour
To fully appreciate Edgartown, it needs to be explored by foot. Our knowledgeable guide will lead you down narrow brick paths, through Edgartown’s past and into modern times. Learn about the evolution of Edgartown from a colonial settlement to busy whaling port. Then chart the town’s progress through “downtown Amity” of Jaws fame and into the popular summer resort community of today. Saturday, July 1 at 10:00am to 11:15am, Old Whaling Church, Outside 89 Main Street, Edgartown

Summer Reading Kick Off with Jungle Jim
Boston-based entertainer Jungle Jim will present a program with a Minecraft theme featuring balloon artistry, magic, comedy and storytelling. Sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Library Association. Saturday, July 1 at 11:00am to 11:45am, Agricultural Hall  35 Panhandle Road, West Tisbury

Brewery Tours
Check out where the beer is made at Offshore Ale.
Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00pm Offshore Ale Company 30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs

MV Sharks vs. Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
Enjoy the Island’s own collegiate summer baseball team as they take on the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs.
Saturday, July 1 at 2:00pm, 4:30pm  Shark Tank  100 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluff

Rock Concert for Kids
Join Jellybone Rivers and the Maniacs of the Heart for a family friendly rock ‘n’ roll concert. Outside in the gazebo (weather permitting).
Saturday, July 1 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm Oak Bluffs Public Library  56R School Street, Oak Bluffs

Live Music in the Beer Garden
With Mike Melendez.
Saturday, July 1 at 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room 270 Upper Main Street, Edgartown

Concert: Livingston Taylor
Livingston Taylor’s annual concert is a Vineyard tradition. He will play hits from his huge catalog and, selections from his new CD “Safe Home.”
Saturday, July 1 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm, Old Whaling Church 89 Main Street, Edgartown

Live Music
With Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.
Saturday, July 1 at 9:00pm to 12:00am The Ritz Soulkitchen 4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Summer Concert Series
With the Chandler Blues Band at 9 p.m. and Electric Pie at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 1 at 9:00pm to 12:00am Portuguese-American Club
137 Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Live Music
With Moneyshot.
Saturday, July 1 at 10:00pm, The Wharf Pub and Restaurant 3 Main Street, Edgartown, MA

Live Music
With Flux Capacitor.
Friday, June 30 at 10:00pm to 12:00am The Port Hunter
55 Main Street, Edgartown

Sunday

Oak Bluffs Open Market
Enjoy Sundays in the park by the sea. The Oak Bluffs Open Market is an ever-changing fun mix of local produce, specialty foods, arts, crafts, antique and vintage dealers, massage and more.
Sunday, July 2 at 9:00am to 1:00pm Washington Park
Washington Park, Oak Bluffs, MA

Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival
A Vineyard summer tradition and the only weekly juried art show where the public can meet over 70 artisans and buy directly from them. Many demonstrations, weaving, fine furniture, pottery, stained glass, oil paintings, pastels, mixed media, sculpture, wampum jewelry, quilts, clothing, sea glass windows, handmade books and much more.
Sunday, July 2 at 10:00am to 2:00pm Grange Hall 1067 State Road, West Tisbury

Brewery Tours
Check out where the beer is made at Offshore Ale.
Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00pm Offshore Ale Company 30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluff

Day Drinkers Brunch
With Griff the Piano Man.
Sunday, July 2 at 12:00pm to 4:00pm The Ritz Soulkitchen  4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

EnvyMV – Martha’s Vineyard Day Party
Join LiteWork Events in your “Island Chic” and hit the dancefloor to the sounds of @YVNGPAVL and @DJBIGBEAR of Boston’s very own social curators – @CLLCTVBOSTON.
Be the envy of your social circles this Independence Day Weekend as you party with urban young professionals from New York, New England and beyond in historic Oak Bluffs.
Sunday, July 2 at 3:00pm to 7:00pm The Loft
9 Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Live Music in the Beer Garden
With David Wolff.
Sunday, July 2 at 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room 270 Upper Main Street, Edgartown

Artist Reception
Opening reception featuring artists Mary Beth Dowlin, Melinda Fager, Victor Pisini and Kathy Poehler.
Sunday, July 2 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm ,Old Sculpin Gallery 58 Dock Street, Edgartown

 

 


Best of the Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Magazine crowns the “Best of the Vineyard” every summer, and we want to be on that list.  If you would be so kind as to take a moment and go to this link to vote for Edgartown Commons in the Budget-Friendly and Family-Friendly Lodging categories we’d be ever so thankful.  And perhaps when you join us next summer you’ll see a “Best Of” certificate haning in our lobby!

Local Ingredients

One of the benefits of staying at Edgartown Commons is the fact that our units have kitchens where our guests can try their hand at making dishes with local ingredients.  But where do you find these ingredients?  There are lots of local shops and farm stands to try.   In edgartown, a short drive to the Farm Institute will provide you with grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured chicken and heritage breed duck.  Edgartown Seafood by cannonball park features locally caught seafood.  Black Sheep downtown offers some local cheeses in their inventory.  A new shop in Vineyard Haven called The Larder has meats from a local farm and vegetables and baked goods from the Scottish Bakehouse.  Farm stands exist in every town and the some of the seafood shacks in Menemsha Harbor will cook up a freshly caught lobster to be enjoyed on the dock.

Is Spring Early This Year?

Recent warm temperatures have the Island coming to life a few weeks earlier this year.  Last week we had the first report of the sound of “Pinkletinks.”   What’s a “Pinkletink”?  That’s our word for the swamp frogs who emerge from muddy hibernation around mid-March and begin singing for a mate.   Snow drop flowers have been in bloom for a while now and daffodiles look almost ready to bloom.    Migrating Starlings are very early this year forming roosts in Oak Bluffs just before sunset.  They gather together before starting a nighttime migration which helps them avoid other predatory birds.   But the one true sign of spring is just a few weeks away-the opening of the Dairy Queen in Edgartown.   On opening day, the grammar school will take students on a field trip there to fill up on frozen dairy goodness.   Yup, Spring is just about here.  Have you booked your stay with us yet?

Bay Scallops-Get While You Can

Have you ever tried the amazingly sweet bay scallop?  Unlike their “sea scallop” relative, bay scallops are small and grow in the many salwater ponds around the island and on the east coast.  They’re only harvested in the winter with the season starting in October and running as long as the population will support.  Sometimes that’s just a few weeks, other times a few months.   Many of the fishermen you see working the docks during the summer catching whatever fish is in season switch to scallops at this time of year.  So if you’re dining out and you see bay scallops on the menu, give them a try.  Who knows, maybe they came from Martha’s Vineyard.

Backyard Tacos

Late last season, we were pleasantly surprised to see a new take-out restaurant offering tasty, affordable fare. Backyard Tacos is located in the same building as Smooth Moves on Winter Street. Everything is made there with fresh ingredients. There’s an expanded deck with limited seating outside (hence the name “Backyard”) and they are opened seasonally. We anxiously await their reopening this spring. Plus they are just a short walk from Edgartown Commons. Check them out when you visit!

New Restaurant-Tin Hanger

It’s unusual to have a new restaurant open on the island this time of year.  But Tin Hanger opened just a few weeks ago and the place has been hopping.  It’s located in the building which most recently housed Flatbread, but is more well known as the old “Hot Tin Roof” nightclub.   They subdivided the space and winterized it and gave it a bright new makeover.  We’ve been and the food is terrific.  They say the menu will change but look for brick oven pizza, sandwiches and burgers and a smattering of hearty entrees.  The family who own the restaurant also own the liquor store next door which perhaps explains the great craft brew selection which will rotate through the year.  Prices are on the affordable side.